Timeline of Afghanistan (June 2003)
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timeline of the history of Afghanistanin June 2003. The list is not complete and you are welcome to expand it.
June 1, 2003"
Kandahar, Afghanistan, attackers hurled a hand grenade at the office of the German Technical Cooperation, shattering three windows but causing no injuries.
ISAFpeacekeepers in Kabul, Afghanistanheld a memorial ceremony for a German soldier killed in a land mine blast on May 29.
Kabul, Afghan Minister of State Shirbaz Hakimiwelcomed the establishment of an Iran Khodrorepresentative office.
Kandahar, an explosion damaged the home of Ahmad Wali Karzai, a brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, but there were no casualties.
June 2, 2003"
Ismail Khanof Herat province, handed $20 million of customs revenues to Afghan coffers, the largest contribution in 18 months. Khan's payment allowed the Afghan government to paid about 100,000 Afghan soldiers their full salaries.
Arghasan, a district of Kandahar province, Afghan troops killed four suspected Talibanfighters and captured five others in a gun battle. The dead included Mullah Abdullah.
Near a U.S. military base at
Spin Boldak, fighting occurred between the soldiers of Afghan commanders Abdul Raziqand Gud Fahida. One of the Afghan soldier's killed, Sakhi Dad, also was a part-time translator for the U.S. Army.
One Afghan soldier died and 14 were wounded in a vehicle convoy accident near
Five Afghan soldiers were injured in a road accident in
Afghanistan, a convoy of four fuel trucks was ambushed en route to the U.S. base at Orgun-ein Paktia province.
Tehran, representatives of Iran, Uzbekistanand Afghanistansigned a draft agreement establishing a road link from Iran to Central Asia via Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.
June 3, 2003"
Abdul Rashid Dostumbacked out of a deal to move from his province to Kabul.
A U.S. army
AH-64 Apachehelicopter crashed while supporting combat operations near Orgun-ein Paktika province, Afghanistan, but there were no casualties.
Asian Development Bankapproved a $150 million concessional loan to help Afghanistanrestore damaged roads, power generation and natural gas infrastructures.
Pakistani public and private sector banks applied for licences to operate in Afghanistan.
Following an Afghan government re-evaluation of the administrative structure of some ministries, the Women's Affairs Ministry fired 112 women because they were either completely unqualified or possessed mere vocational skills. Those with needlework, embroidery, and tailoring skills were dismissed because the ministry did not have the capacity to place them according to their professions. A spokeswoman stressed that the ministry was still employing over 1,300 women at its headquarters and its 27 provincial branches.
Swiss Skies AGannounced that it would begin flights from Washington, D.C., to Kabul, Afghanistan, via Genevaon July 14. Later this was indefinitely delayed for security reasons.
June 4, 2003"
Hamid Karzaiflew to London, United Kingdom. Russiaoffered to support NATO's peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan. It was unclear how Russia's support would manifest itself. NATO was due to take command of the 5,200-member U.N. International Security Assistance Forceon August 11. Pakistani officials in Karachiauthorized Port Qasimand Karachi Portto act as an entry point for transit trade to Afghanistan.
A homemade bomb exploded near a U.S. special operations convoy about a half mile from the U.S. military base in
Gardez, Afghanistan. No casualties were reported.
A rebuilt girls' school in
Maidan Provincesouthwest of Kabulwas burned down. It was the sixth girls' school in Afghanistanto be torched by arsonists since the fall of the Taliban.
Afghan troops attacked suspected
Talibanin Nimakai, Populzaiand Hassanzainorth of Spin Boldak. The a fierce gunbattle left at least 49 rebel fighters and seven government soldiers dead. Afghan officials sent more than 20 corpses over the border to Pakistan, insisting they were not Afghans. But Pakistan refused to accept them, saying they were not Pakistanis and warning that the Afghan refusal to take back the bodies could spark tension in the border region.
June 5, 2003"
Hamid Karzaimet with British Prime Minister Tony Blairto discuss reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, then with British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. Hoon promised that Britain would not abandon Afghanistan.
As part of Environment and Water Day, the
United Nations Environment Programmein Afghanistanannounced that a majority of the nation was experiencing water scarcity. It was estimated that only 20% of Afghans nationwide had access to safe drinking water in both cities and rural areas.
Afghan authorities sent 21 corpses said to be
Talibankilled while fighting Afghan government troops near Kandaharon June 3and June 4, to the Killi Faizo Afghan refugee camp. Pakistani authorities at Chaman handed back 14 bodies to the Afghan officials. The seven were identified as officials of former Talibanregime, including Commander Abdul Rahim, Commander Abdul Ghani, Talib Amir Muhammad, Gul Muhammad, Gullalai, Noorullahand one man whose identity was unconfirmed.
Paktia Province, Afghanistan, U.S. forces killed one guerrilla and captured another after seeing a group of them open fire on a crowd of civilians.
Said to be the "worst in living memory",
sandstorms that lasted more than two months began in Lash Wa Juwayn and Shib Koh districts of Farah Province, Afghanistan, affecting more than 12,000 people living in 57 villages. Villages and canals were buried, crops destroyed, water contaminated, and livestock were threatened.
June 6, 2003"
Hamid Karzaimet with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, where he was awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen. Karzai later gave a lecture on reconstruction in Afghanistan at St Antony's College, Oxford. Talibanleader Hafiz Abdul Rahimstated that only eight rebel fighters were killed in the June 4battle north of Spin Boldak, not 40 as reported by the Afghan government. He said the others who died were civilians.
Tokyo, Japan, Frank Polman, a senior Asian Development Bankofficial, stated that contributions by international donors to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fundhad fallen far short of the pledges made because international attention had shifted focused to Iraq. Although donors pledged $5.1 billion at a meeting in January 2002 to cover reconstruction efforts through June 2004, only a small proportion of their pledges had actually been committed.
World Bankapproved a $US60 million grant to improve the health of Afghan women and children. A project to develop basic health services and ensure women and children access to them was to be implemented over three years by the Afghan Ministry of Health. It was estimated that a quarter of Afghan children did not survive beyond their fifth birthday.
June 7, 2003"
Kabul, Afghanistan, a taxi packed with explosives rammed a bus carrying German ISAFpersonnel, killing four soldiers and wounding 29 others; one Afghan bystander was killed and 10 Afghan bystanders were wounded. The 33 peacekeepers, after months on duty in Kabul, were en route to the Kabul International Airportfor their flight home to Germany.
Afghan Constitution Commissionset up offices in all 32 Afghan provinces to gather public comments and recommendations on a draft of the new constitution, which had been worked out by a special drafting committee. Similar offices were scheduled to also be set up in Iranand Pakistanto get opinions on the future constitution from Afghan refugees.
June 8, 2003" Bacha Khan Zadran, a regional Afghan warlord, said U.S. forces detained his son, Abdul Wali, in an operation in Paktia Province June 5and called for his immediate release. Zadran said Wali had approached the U.S. forces to offer assistance. It was unclear why he was taken into custody.
To prepare the ground for imports and exports of
Iran-Afghan carpets, the first ever Iran-Afghanistan joint carpet exhibition began in Kabul.
German police arrived in
Kabul, Afghanistanto help with the investigation over the June 7 suicide bombing.
June 9, 2003"
United Nationsurged the Afghan government to take drastic steps to make the Afghan National Armyand the Afghan Defense Ministryreflect better the nation's ethnic make-up.
Zabul Province, Afghanistan, pamphlets surfaced that called on the Afghan National Armyand police to fight against President Hamid Karzaiand U.S.-led forces. The rhetoric also warned that those who failed to join sides with the Talibanwould be killed.
The Swiss parliament agreed to send Swiss soldiers to
Afghanistanto work with the ISAF.
The Arman-e-Millie daily newspaper reported that, in the
Panjwaye Districtof Kandahar Province, a bomb exploded in a vehicle, killing its three passengers. The report did not say when the explosion occurred. Pakistansummoned Afghan ambassador Naunguyalai Tarzito complain about the June 5dumping of 22 corpses of suspected Talibanon its side of the border. Pakistani spokesman Masood Khantermed the action "provocative."
U.S. special forces found three Blowpipe surface-to-air portable missile systems near
Asadabad, Afghanistan. The systems were still in their original containers.
June 10, 2003"
ISAFpersonnel gathered in Kabul, Afghanistanfor a memorial service to honor the four German killed in the June 7 suicide bombing. The remains were then transported home to Germany.
June 11, 2003"
Mazari Sharif, in the Sholgara District, forces from the Jamiat-e-Islami partyof Ustad Atta Mohammadclashed with those loyal to Uzbek warlord General Abdul Rashid Dostum, killing at least two civilians.
Terin Kotin Uruzgan Province, at least nine Pashtun Sunni Muslims were killed in an ambush.
Six Afghans were killed and five injured when gunmen attacked a civilian bus that was en route from
Nawmishvillage to Sartighanvillage in the Baghran Districtof Helmand Province.
After completing an 8-day visit to
Afghanistan, CAREsecretary-general Denis Caillauxmet with U.N.leadership, including Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette. Caillaux recommended that ISAFbe increased to serve all Afghan provinces and that the U.N. increase efforts to enlarge and improve the Afghan National Armyand Afghan police forces. To date, CARE had over 700 aid workers in Afghanistan, most of whom are Afghan nationals. CARE began work in Afghanistan in 1961.
June 12, 2003"
International Crisis Group(ICG) issued a report critiquing the consitutitional process in Afghanistan. The report suggests that the process is hurried and covert. Public consultations, which started June 7, were due to last just under two months. Culminating in Loya Jirgain October, the process was to end with a general election in mid-2004. However, the ICG claimed that ordinary Afghans would be denied freedom of speech by local leaders and that the United Nationswas ignoring public education on the issues. ISAFpersonnel and Kabulpolice defused a remote-control bomb planted on a busy road.
The Afghan government announced that security force of 700 men would be deployed along a 540-km highway construction route.
A man on a motorcycle threw a
hand grenadeinto the office of an Italian aid organization in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan.
June 13, 2003"
In the yard of an aid agency in
Lashkarga, Helmand Province, Afghanistan, a car exploded.
A grenade attack in the
Gerishk Districtof Helmand Province, Afghanistan, wounded six local government soldiers. Deutsche Welleand Cap Anamurinitiated the 100 Classrooms programin Afghanistan.
June 14, 2003"
Three rockets were fired at the U.S. base in
Asadabad, Afghanistan. There was no damage and no casualties.
London, the ACC awarded to the Afghanistan Cricket Federationassociate membership of the Asian Cricket Council.
June 15, 2003"
Seven Afghan governmental drug control officers were killed and three others wounded in
Oruzgan provincewhen they were on a mission to eradicate opium poppycultivation.
Hamid Karzaiselected Vice President Hedayat Arsalato head the Afghan Independent Reform of Civil Administrative Services Commissionto fight corruption, nepotism and bureacratic delays.
June 16, 2003" Women's Edgeco-founder and executive director Ritu Sharmaarrived in Afghanistanfor a week's visit. She planned to observe and monitor the conditions of women. Sima Wali, the CEO of Refugee Women in Development, accompanied Sharma.
Paris, France, a three-day Unescoconference began to discuss the future of the Kabul Museumand the possibility of restoring the site at Bamiyan where giant statues of the Buddha were destroyed.
UNHCRand the governments of Iranand Afghanistansigned an agreement to help repatriate Afghan refugeesfrom Iran to Afghanistan.
June 17, 2003"
United Nationsissued to all UN personnel in Afghanistana warning of further suicide bombings in Kabulover the next few days.
Kabul, a bomb was found in front of the home of Afghan Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahim.
After a daylong open discussion, during which representatives of more than 30 countries took the floor, the
United Nations Security Councilendorsed efforts in Afghanistanto quell lawlessness, with a particular emphasis on curbing illicit drug trade. In an open letter, eighty agencies warned the Security Council that the situation outside Kabulwas so bad that many civilians felt life under Talibanrule would be better.
The first meeting of a tripartite commission involving
Afghanistan, Pakistanand the United Statestook place in Islamabad, Pakistan. Senior military and diplomatic officials from each nation attended. The meeting dealt mainly with how and where the commission would operate. Further meetings were set either monthly or bimonthly in Islamabad or Kabul.
Asian Development Bankagreed to give a loan of $50 million to the Afghan Water and Power Ministry. The loan would be spent over the next three years on projects for the production, distribution and transmission of electricity in Afghanistan.
International Rescue Committeeurged the United Nationsand NATOto expand the International Security Assistance Forcebeyond Kabul.
June 18, 2003"
Hamid Karzaileft Kabulfor a state visit to Iran, where he was expected to sign two trilateral agreements on transit road projects between Iran, Afghanistan, Uzbekistanand Tajikistan. Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Finance Minister Ashraf Ghaniand other cabinet member accompanied Karzai on the trip. Included in Karzai's agenda were meetings with Mohammad Khatami, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi.
Afghan Information Ministryshut down the weekly publication Aftabbecause it questioned Islamand the Qur'anin an article titled "Holy Fascism." The article said there had been no progress in the Islamic world for 1,400 years. Copies of Aftab were confiscated and its chief editor Sayed Mahdawiand his deputy Ali Riza Payamwere arrested.
June 19, 2003"
Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, U.S. Special Operations Forces took 15 people into custody after the group attacked a compound on the Helmund River. There were no casualties during the assault or the arrests. Pakistani Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayatannounced that Adil al-Jazeeri, a key al-Qaedasuspect, was detained after the interrogation of Abu Naseem, who was arrested earlier.
United Nationsand Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission expressed concern about the arrests of two Afghan journalists for articles they published in their magazine Afteb.
June 20, 2003"
Islamabad, Pakistanduring Refugee Daycelebrations, UN High Commissioner for Refugeesspokesman Jack Reddenreported that "some 156,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan and about 100,000 from Iran[had] returned to Afghanistan since January." The UNHCR estimates that 1.8 million Afghans returned home in 2002.
June 21, 2003"
Chief of general staff of the French Army General
Bernard Thorettearrived in Kabul, Afghanistanon a three-day visit to hold talks with the International Security Assistance Forceand to plan for the arrival of French special forces in the coming weeks.
An Afghan man under U.S.-led coalition control died from unknown causes in a U.S.-managed holding facility near
Asadabad, in Kunar province, Afghanistan. The man was seized during operations on June 18. Syed Ishay Ghalani, chairman of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan, was nominated by the party as its presidential candidate for the Afghan general election expected to be held June 2004.
Three explosions took place in
Konduz province, Afghanistan, the first at the residence of the provincial governor and the other two near a building housing coalition forces.
Francefor a medical check-up, former Afghan king Mohammed Zahir Shahbroke his femur by slipping in a bathroom. Rumors of his death followed both in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Abdul Walidied while in custody at a prison in Konar province, Afghanistan. CIAcontractor David Passarobecame a suspect in the death.
June 22, 2003"
U.N.envoy to Afghanistan, Lakhdar Brahimi, called for the immediate release of two journalists arrested June 18on charges of defaming Islam. The Afghan Supreme Courtplanned to put the two journalists on trial.
Security forces raided the home of an
Afghan refugeein the Kurram tribal area of Pakistanalong the Afghan border and seized 21 Russian-made missiles. No arrest was made and the Afghan refugee fled into Afghanistan.
June 23, 2003"
Kandahar Province, Afghanistanarrested Mullah Nasim, a significant figure in the former Talibanintelligence service, whom they believed was planning an attack on a dwelling in Kandaharhousing U.S. troops. He was allegedly near the former home of Mullah Omar. He was also allegedly on a motorbikewith three missiles and other equipment.
Pakistan, the United Statesand Afghanistanbegan a mission ( Operation Unified Resolve) hunting Talibanand al-Qaedafighters along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan.
Canadian Defense Minister
John McCallumarrived in Kabul, Afghanistanfor a two-day visit. He was scheduled to meet with President Hamid Karzai, Defense Minister Mohammad Qasim Fahimand the International Security Assistance Force.
As part of
Operation Unified Resolve, Pakistani troops focused on securing passes on the border with Afghanistan. One Pakistani soldier was killed and another wounded in an exchange of fire with some resisting tribesmen.
June 25, 2003"
U.S.-led troops were attacked near
Gardez, the capital of Paktia provincein Afghanistan, injuring two U.S. soldiers and killing U.S. NavyPetty Officer 1st Class Thomas Retzer.
An Afghan government soldier was wounded in a three-hour battle in
Maruf District, about 110 miles northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan.
By the order of Afghan President
Hamid Karzai, authorities released Mir Hussein Mehdavi, chief editor of Aftaab, and his Iranian deputy Ali Riza Payam, who were detained for allegedly defaming Islam. Chief Justice Mawlavi Fazal Hadisaid the two men have not been acquitted or pardoned, and will be summoned to court to answer the allegations.
A large fire burned down a large commercial storehouse near downtown
Kabul, Afghanistan, about three kilometers south of the presidential palace. The fire caused US$10 million of damage in various goods, including food supplies, carpets, hardware and electronic appliance.
About 2.5 miles from the U.S. base near
Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, at least two Afghan soldiers were killed and one wounded when their vehicle was ambushed by militants armed with rockets and heavy machineguns.
Hamid Karzaileft Kabul, Afghanistanon official one-day visits to Poland, Switzerlandand France. In Warsaw, he was to meet President Aleksander Kwaśniewskiand Prime Minister Leszek Miller. Accompanying him were Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, Reconstruction Minister, Dr. Amin Farhang, and National Security Advisor, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul.
U.N. Drug and Crimereported that Afghanistanmade up 76% of the world opiummarket, compared to 12% before the fall of the Talibangovernment in late 2001.
June 26, 2003"
Under a project funded by the French government,
Afghanistanopened four public telekiosks to introduce a new Internetproject to help Afghans learn computer skills and get online.
June 27, 2003"
Paris, France, French President Jacques Chiracmet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Standard Charteredapplied for a license from the Central Bank of Afghanistanand hoped to become the first international bank with a branch in Afghanistan. The Kabulbranch was to open in September.
Insurgents attacked U.S. troops in
Paktika province, Afghaninstannear a U.S. base in Shkin, sparking a gunbattle in which U.S. helicopters were called in for strikes.
Barai Ghar mountainsin Zabul province, Afghanistan, Afghan soldiers came under attack, sparking a gun battle in which one Talibancommander, Mullah Shaheed, was killed and two guerrillas were wounded.
June 28, 2003"
A U.S. Army soldier died when his vehicle flipped over near a U.S. base in Orgun in
Paktika province, Afghanistan.
June 29, 2003"
Prague, the International Olympic Committeelifted the competition suspension on Afghanistan, clearing the way for Afghanistan to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Afghanistan was cleared to compete in wrestling, boxing, taekwondo, and track and field.
Pakistani delegation of construction industry representatives in the Pakistani Export Promotion Bureauleft for Kabul, Afghanistanfor a four-day visit to explore the future of steel, bricks and kiln, cement, pipe and other relative industries.
The fourth conference of the
Afghanistan Pakistan People's Friendship Associationmet in Pakistan. Topics discussed were refugees, free trade zones, education, landmines, and poverty. Afghanistan Cricket Federationpresident Allah Dad Nooriemet his Indian counterpart Jagmohan Dalmiyaand was assured complete support for rebuilding cricketfacilities in Afghanistan.
June 30, 2003"
United States Air Forceannounced that F-16 fighter pilot Maj. Harry Schmidt would face a court-martialfor dereliction of dutyfor his part in bombing Canadian troops in Afghanistanon April 17, 2002.
Kabul, Afghanistan, United KingdomForeign Secretary Jack Straw met with Abdullah Abdullahto discuss security issues.
Several rockets were fired into
Jalalabad, Afghanistancausing some damage but no casualties. One of the rockets landed near a UNICEFoffice.
Niswan Girls' Schoolopened in Gardez in Paktia province, Afghanistanfor some 800 students. The school was funded with help from a $12,000 grant from the U.S. military.
During evening prayers, a remote-control bomb exploded in a
mosquein Kandahar, Afghanistan, wounding 17 people. Pakistani troops, patrolling a village along the Afghan-Pakistan border, came under fire from Afghan rebels.
Afghan Interior Minister
Ali Ahmad Jalalithat Iranwas ready to help the Afghan government construct a number of police stations on the Iran-Afghanistan joint border in order to curb the illicit trade in drugs as well as protect border security forces.
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